Posted by Nate Naismith on May 13, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Program – Exchange Student Canela Silva Jeldres
Called to order by President Elect Colleen Gillespie at 12:28
  • Invocation by Reid Bates
  • Pledge by Steve Bean
  • God Bless America by Colleen Gillespie
  • 4-Way test by Bill Fishburn
Visiting Rotarians
  • Tom Taylor from Poulsbo
Guests of Rotarians
  • Mary Sue Wilson – Indu Thomas, Thurston County Court Commissioner
  • Steve Ryan – Eric Zabala, State Farm Insurance
  • Dennis Adams – Former club president and current “Jump Rope King,” Nat Jackson
  • Dennis Cooper – Kathy Buchli, Washington State Code Reviser
  • Rosemary Barnhart – Exchange student Canela’s host families.  Present at the meeting were the Winstead-Colby family, Sarah Merrifield, and Carin Christy.   Outbound students were Renee Washburn and Ella Ceregino.
Happy Bucks – Hosted by Suze Kent
  • Gerry Alexander – Discussed a recent Olympian article on the 35th anniversary of the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, held in Olympia in 1984, and the positive effect the trials had not only on the city but on women’s athletics as well. 
  • Steve Ryan – Just returned from a trip to Tokyo, Japan to visit family.
  • Judy Henderson - For being District 5020 Literacy chair for six years and our club’s literacy project achievements, District Governor Craig Gillis presented Judy with briefcase filled with award-winning hard bound books.  Diane Gallegos was recognized for leading our Rotary Club of Olympia through ten literacy projects in the last year.    
  • Nat Jackson – Urged everyone to start skipping rope to still healthy.  Hopes to live to be 108.  Mentioned recent success of Initiative 1000 campaign.
  • Tom Lally - Thursday morning is the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Breakfast at St. Martins University.  Tom has one seat open left at our GHB Insurance table.
  • Tom McLean – Encouraged members to sign up for Dine Around, our club's small group potluck usually consisting of four couples or families.  It's a great way to meet and get to know other members.  aLSO, student Orchestras of Greater Olympia concert performance is Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm at the Washington Center.
  • Colleen Gillespie – Happy to have had surgery last week and on the road to getting out of her boot soon, after being in it for over seven weeks already.
  • Nate Naismith – Son-in-law Zeb Hoffman is the head track coach at The Evergreen State College.  The team returned from conference championships where student athletes broke three school records in men’s discus, women’s hammer throw, and women’s javelin.
Invocation Committee
Reid Bates passed around a sign-up sheet for next quarter’s invocation committee members.
Colleen recognized our May birthday members, and we all sang Happy Birthday to them.
Centennial Committee
Judy Blinn had good and bad news.  Good news was that, after consultation with the City of Olympia, we embarked on the design of a pavilion downtown to celebrate our upcoming centennial.  Trent Hart and Todd Tovani of Tovani Hart architects did a phenomenal job in creating a design, and for their efforts, we completed their Paul Harris Fellowship for them.  The bad news was that the city no longer supports the pavilion project so we will come up with another project to celebrate and leave our legacy.   Todd has created the design for the banners, which will be used.
Rotary Point Cleanup Party on Saturday
It is time to do some touch up work on The Rotary Point Park on West Bay Drive.  A clean up party is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Please email Steve Masini (see below) if you can help with this fun, fellowship building activity.  Members from several of the other local clubs will be there to help out as well as a representative from The City of Olympia Parks Department.   Click HERE to email Steve.   If you have a problem with that email address please click HERE to email Matt DeBord. 
Program – Exchange Student Canela Silva Jeldres
Rosemary Barnhart introduced our program, as well as the three families who have hosted Canela.  She also introduced the two students who will be outgoing to Columbia and South Korea next fall.    
Canela presented some of the highlights of her year in Olympia.  She loves her host families and treasures the time she had with them.  She mentioned how shy she was when she came here and wasn’t sure initially, she was ready to leave here family in Chile. 
Canela highlighted trips to Leavenworth, San Diego, Disneyland, and most recently the district conference in Canada.  She shared photos of her high school formal as well as friends she had met at school, including her best friend, who is an international student from Indonesia.
She thanked the club for the opportunity for her to come to America, changing her life for the better, and creating treasured life-long memories,  
Mr. Snappy
Mo Considine won a $25 gift certificate to the Oyster House. 
President Elect Colleen adjourned the meeting at 1:30
Reporter – Nate Naismith